there's a group in new york called the outstanding filipino americans in new york (TOFA-NY). they have a facebook page and they are encouraging filipinos from all over the world to vote for their kababayans—choose your nominee(s) under several categories like fashion & style, arts & culture, food & restaurants, youth & sports, business & entrepreneurship, and others. it's the first time i've heard of it, but according to its facebook page:
TOFA-NY was created to give recognition to individuals and organizations that have raised the profile of the Filipino American community in a unique and positive way—and to celebrate their achievements. We are a group of multimedia professionals well plugged into the community. While we know many of the personalities in traditional as well as grassroots advocacy organizations, we are not associated with any group in any way, which makes this recognition process very independent. Pre-selection was based entirely on merit.
To make this year’s TOFA truly a people’s award, voting will be conducted in all transparency via Facebook. We are trying this novel idea for the first time. We believe social media is crucial in getting the word out about the many personalities and organizations that have made us one significant and dynamic community in this part of the U.S.
Please vote for as many nominees by clicking the Like button. You can only vote once for a nominee.
The final voting will be on October 8 at 12 midnight. Winners will be known to all after that.
An awards ceremony celebrating Filipino American History Month, to be keynoted by Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon Jr., will be held October 29 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York. Community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis will deliver an inspirational address.
in order to vote, all you have to do is like the page, then go through the album with photos of all the nominees, and if there's someone you want to vote for, simply click the like button on his/her photo. here are the nominees for fashion & style!
top to bottom, left to right: josie natori, cesar obrero, jerry sibal, robin tomas, and rafe totengco. vote for one, vote for all! (like i did :-)
click here to get to the TOFA-NY facebook page.